Originally Posted by Jim H
Come on, Denr, tell us what you really think!
So, basically you're saying that all those happy IP owners are completely deluded, and they're going to be sorry, sorry, sorry when the engine conks out in the crowded marina. They may be happy for years, the foolish victims, until the embarrassing tragedy strikes and they drift out of control with sails up and nothing happening. Woe, woe, woe.
Honestly, I'm not even interested in owning an IP, but I don't think FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) is any way to win an argument. In fact, I'm not even certain where the argument is in this matter.
And your supporting evidence of having your motor fail twice in a harbor or anchorage in as many years is an example of what? Impending embarrassment of IP owners, or the need to improve the maintence of your engine?
Have you ever had the wind back and pipe up smartly at your anchorage and then have to lift anchor and beat off a lee shore in a full keel heavy boat that goes to weather like a haystack?
I had my engine die on me one day while transiting a swing bridge. The screws that hold the alternater bracket broke, the alt, still hanging on by the adjustment braket, fell down onto my oil filter and put a hole in it.
In a short time the engine bled out its oil and the engine siezed! The bridge opperater, in his haste and with an out going tide and the wind in the same direction that would have pushed me right back into the bridge, started closing the bridge before I was clear. I was by myself and I had about a minute to set sail, which I did and then nervously sailed into the clear.
Now, I can get my Endeavour 32 almost to 40 degrees to weather. I wouldn't have made it with 50.
Things usually happen while under way.
Alot of fin keeled boats out there ride very nice at anchor.
I also don't care for the way the underbody flattens out between the turn of the bildge to the garboard area. It's gotta pound.
When you buy your Island Packet, In the off season, you can park it right next to your '59 Buick.